Men experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence linked with two to three-fold increase in mental health problems

A University of Bristol study has shown that men visiting their GP with symptoms of anxiety or depression are more likely to have experienced or carried out some form of behaviour linked to domestic violence and abuse.

Researchers say the findings highlight the need for GPs to ask male patients with mental health problems about domestic abuse.

Professor Marianne Hester OBE, lead author of the study and Head of the Centre for Gender and Violence Research at Bristol’s School for Policy Studies, said:

“Research on domestic violence and abuse has largely focused on women and there is a lack of research on men, both as victims and perpetrators. The findings from this study are important as they suggest that when men present to GPs with anxiety or depression, they should be asked about domestic violence and abuse as there is a higher likelihood that they will be victims or perpetrators. The findings are consistent with previous studies, which found that mental health problems are more common in men who either perpetrate or experience domestic violence and abuse, and serve as an important indicator to clinicians.”

Professor Gene Feder, co-author on the study from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at Bristol’s School for Social and Community Medicine said:

“The extent and health impact of negative behaviours consistent with domestic violence and abuse among male patients is largely invisible to GPs. Our study will help focus attention on this hidden problem in general practice and provides a basis for training GPs in how to identify and respond safely to men experiencing or perpetrating domestic violence and abuse.”

For the full report on this study visit the University of Bristol website News page:


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The new Shropshire Domestic Abuse Strategy launched!

The new Shropshire Domestic Abuse Strategy launched!

Front Row: from left to right
Tom Currie – Head of Service for National Probation Service (West Mercia);
Hilary Paddock – South Shropshire Housing Manager;
Jo Berry – Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinator;
Sue Saunders – Chair of Central Shropshire DV Forum;
Ann Hartley – Councillor
Anne Weller – Chair of South Shropshire DV Network.

Second Row
Guy Williams – Shropshire Fire & Rescue;
Jan Frances – Chief Executive West Mercia Women’s Aid;
Di Robinson – Health Visitor;
Sally Barker – Health Visitor;
Gail Naidoo – AXIS;
Steph Pickles – Children Centre Services;
Sam Morgan – CPS;
Joanne Brookes – Army Welfare.

Back Row
George Branch – Head Of Community Rehabilitation Company (West Mercia);
Andrew Gough – Safer Communities;
David Mcwilliam – West Mercia Police Superintendent for Shropshire;
David Croan – Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG);
Professor Rod Thomson – Director of Public Health.

A new strategy has been launched to  tackle domestic violence in Shropshire.

The Safer Shropshire Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy for 2015-2017 was officially launched this week after the Shropshire Countywide Domestic Abuse Forum meeting at Shirehall in Shrewsbury and the launch involved talks from key partners as well as information and resources made available to help victims of domestic abuse.

The Safer Shropshire Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy, developed by the Shropshire Countywide Domestic Abuse Forum, sets out the commitment of all the partner agencies to adopt a consistent and long-term approach to the prevention of domestic violence and an effective response where it occurs.

The five key objectives of the strategy can be found in the 5 P’s:

  1. Prevention – Improve Prevention

  2. Preparation – Increase Education

  3. Provision – Improve Health and Wellbeing of Survivors

  4. Protection – Working with Perpetrators

  5. Partnership – Improve Partnership working

The overall aims of the strategy are:

  • To improve services and support for all victims of domestic violence and abuse.
  • To develop and deliver a high quality, coordinated multi-agency response to domestic violence and abuse.
  • To further increase and develop awareness generally about domestic violence and abuse and the measures in place to help the victims.
  • To educate children and young people and the wider general public that domestic violence and abuse is wrong and is unacceptable and to enable them to make informed choices.
  • To hold perpetrators/abusers accountable and provide effective interventions for their behaviour.

Key partners were invited to show their support for the Strategy and to demonstrate partnership working in the key areas of protecting people and reducing harm and improving the health and wellbeing of families in Shropshire.

For a copy of the Strategy, please follow the link:

Safer Shropshire Multi Agency Domestic Abuse Strategy 2015 to 2017


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The new Shropshire Domestic Abuse Strategy launched!


In Australia -Domestic violence offenders may be tracked using GPS ankle bracelets

Ankle bracelets could be used to track high-risk perpetrators of family and domestic violence under a proposal to be put forward by the federal government in Australia.

The proposal will see GPS monitoring devices attached to offenders who pose an immediate risk to their partners, children and other family members, similar to existing measures imposed on high-risk sex offenders in some states and territories.

The prime minister, Tony Abbott, told reporters that all proposals to tackle the problem of violence against women should be considered.

“We want to look at really lifting our game in eradicating the scourge of domestic violence,” he said.

For the full story view the Mail Online or Guardian:


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The moment a paramedic proposed to the woman he saved after she was stabbed 32 times by violent ex
















A woman who survived after being stabbed 32 times by her violent ex-partner has got engaged to the paramedic who helped save her life.

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Check out the full story on the ITV Website.

Jo Berry

Freedom Shropshire Team

Sex discrimination commissioner calls on men to champion women’s rights

Australia’s sex discrimination commissioner has called on men to play a prominent role in promoting gender equality by championing women’s rights to other men. During a public conversation with the journalist Anne Summers in Sydney, Broderick singled out workplaces as a key site of gender inequality, highlighting the lack of women in leadership roles, the pay gap, sexual harassment and the role of companies in tackling domestic violence.

For full story in the Guardian, click link below:


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Freedom Shropshire Newsletter, April/May 2015, Edition 11

The April/May 201 Freedom Shropshire Newsletter is now out!

Edition 11 Newsletter Image

Jo Berry

Freedom Shropshire Team

Police backing speaker at stalking conference today

Stalking can take many different forms, some of which may seem minor in nature, but taken as part of a series of actions can have significant implications on victims’ day to day activities.

Leicestershire Police has sponsored a guest speaker, Jennifer Perry, director of at a Harassment, Stalking, Cyber-Stalking and Familial Homicide conference taking place on Monday 27th April.

This conference comes the week after National Stalking Awareness Week (April 20-24) and National Stalking Awareness Day on Friday, April 24, 2015, which focussed on raising awareness of the crime of stalking.

For more on this story, click link below:

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Domestic violence victim in China wins death sentence reprieve

A Chinese court has suspended the death sentence of a woman who killed her husband after suffering months of violence at his hands, in an unusually high-profile recognition of domestic abuse that activists hope could pave the way for more change.

China has little history of tackling domestic violence through the justice system or practical assistance for victims, but Li Yan’s case garnered huge public sympathy.

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Men wear bright red lipstick in campaign against rape and domestic violence

In Australia, men are wearing red lipstick to raise awareness of domestic abuse.

They are taking part in a global campaign called Red My Lips.

For the full story follow the link below:


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Domestic Abuse Can Deny Women Their Vote

The Chief Executive of the national domestic violence charity Women’s Aid has highlighted that domestic abuse could be denying women their right to vote and explains how this could happen:

The deadline for registering to vote in the 2015 General Election is today (Monday 20 April). If you don’t register, you cannot vote. Much has been made of the fact that 9million women didn’t vote in 2010, and that more women than men are undecided about which party they will support: winning women’s votes is a key objective for all the parties.

And everyone who has the right to vote also has the right to be empowered to do so.

But that’s where there is a hidden problem – one which, in 2015, still means women’s right to vote is restricted. Some women cannot vote because it is too dangerous for them to sign up to the electoral register: retaining anonymity when signing up to the Electoral Register is complicated – and, in some instances, impossible.

For some survivors of domestic violence, anonymity is a matter of life or death.

For the rest of this article by Polly Neate, click link below:


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